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NATIONAL THEATRE BRNO 24. 5. / 5.00 p.m. / 2 h incl. one intermission Reduta Theatre GENRE: CZ, Drama, Brno showcase

Subtitles in English language

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The discount for seniors is 30%.
The discount for disabled persons and students is 50%.
Discounts are not to be combined.

Is it possible to put up with the idea that one human life is but a drop in the ocean of the great story of humanity? But what if you are a mother of five extremely courageous sons? Aren’t five drops too many after all? Čapek’s magnificent drama will be staged again in Brno after thirty-seven years!

The mother of five sons has rebelled. Despite being the proud widow of a commissioned officer killed in a battle years ago, she doesn’t want to see her offspring perish in the same way. Unfortunately, the eldest one – a medical doctor – will never return either. Victim of scientific research, he died in a tropical country when developing a treatment for yellow fever. Young boys grow into men who long for adventure. One day, an aviation misadventure cost her second son his life. She now only has three children left! She cannot lose them! In disputes with her dead – her husband, her father and her two sons – she stands up for the right of mothers to intervene in the fates of their children. Regrettably, more victims – all killed in a bloody revolution – flow into the gloomy house. The mother’s only son who is still alive is her youngest, most sensitive and least ambitious son named Tony.

By his anti-war drama Karel Čapek (1890–1938) responded not only to the Spanish Civil War, but also to growing fascist tendencies in Europe. The power of this phenomenal play resides in the still heartfelt confrontations between women/mothers and men aspiring to make great differences in the world.

Author: Karel Čapek

Direction: Štěpán Pácl

Dramaturgy: Milan Šotek

Stage design: Antonín Šilar

Costumes: Zuzana Formánková

Linguistic cooperation: Eva Spoustová

Stage design assistant: Tereza Jančová

Assistant director: Vít Kořínek

Assistant costume designer: Julie Ema Růžičková

Music: Jakub Kudláč

Cast: Tereza Groszmannová, Tomáš Šulaj, Roman Blumaier, Martin Veselý, Vojtěch Blahuta, Viktor Kuzník, Pavel Čeněk Vaculík